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Network specifications

How "fast" is the Wireless PittNet service?

Wireless PittNet has been designed to provide the fastest coverage possible with the current 802.11 wireless technology. Wireless PittNet uses 802.11b/g radios that allow for up to 54 Mbps of shared bandwidth. Because Wireless PittNet is a shared resource, the speed and performance of the network will vary depending upon how many people are using wireless from a given location at a given time, and what types of applications they are using.

Wireless PittNet has been designed to accommodate a high density of users so that each person using the service has as much bandwidth available to them as possible.

Will Wireless PittNet be campus wide?

Wireless PittNet will be activated in select locations across campus throughout 2007.  Expansion to additional locations will considered in future campus technology plans.

Do the radio frequency emissions from the wireless systems pose a health risk?

The wireless LAN equipment used to provide Wireless PittNet service meets stringent government and industry regulations for safety. The power output of wireless LAN systems is very low, much less than that of a handheld cellular phone. No adverse health effects have ever been attributed to wireless LAN systems.

Can I use Bluetooth equipment to communicate with Wireless PittNet?

No. Bluetooth uses a different type of wireless signaling than Wireless PittNet. Both exist in the 2.4 GHz frequency range, however, so using them in the same location may negatively affect the performance of the wireless network.

Last Reviewed: October 29, 2007